An ATR-72 operated by Lao Airlines crashed into the Mekong River on October 16 while on approach to the Pakse Airport in southern Laos. All 49 people aboard–including five crewmembers–died in the accident. Early reports said local Pakse weather was poor with the passing of a typhoon. The twin-turboprop’s fuselage broke up on impact and sank in the river.
Pakse International Airport
A Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 crashed in southern Laos near the Champasak provincial capital of Pakse on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by ATR, the airplane took off from the capital city Vientiane and crashed into the Mekong river. Reports from the official Laos news agency indicate the airplane hit the water some five miles short of its destination, Pakse International Airport.